Food and service below standard. Will not go back.
Excellent late Friday night dinner after a long week of conference calls and meetings! This place never disappoints! The new Crab Cakes were great and my colleague had the Osso Buco... servers were very kind and the BYOB seals the deal! Highly recommend it !!!
Great place, great staff, great food. Valentine’s Day successful, thank you.
The service was adequate but the food was just okay.
We have been to Il Lago quite a few times, and have never been disappointed. Our waiter tonight, Joe, was excellent; very efficient and attentive, but not overbearing. Food, as usual, was delicious. My companion had the Chicken Francese, I had the Shrimp Fra Diavalo; both were very good.
My birthday 🥳🎁🍽🥂🎊
Fabulous food!! Everything there is great!!! We have been there numerous times
Great food, friendly staff, and very accommodating.
Surely the word is getting out about how good the food is here! So happy this restaurant is succeeding- This was our third visit, and though the bussers were a bit off their game, the food was better than ever!!
Delicious food and good size portions. Owner and staff couldn’t be more cordial and attentive.
Brought my wife back to IL LAGO for an early dinner before going out for some drinks with friends. This place never disappoints, service and food alike. I had the Salmon with crab meat and risotto and it was delicious! My wife had the flounder special and thoroughly enjoyed it.. we paid our complements to the chef and had a chance to meet the owner before we left, nice guys! I think it’s safe to say we’ve found our new go to spot ! Highly recommend!!
My wife and I decided to try Il Lago for our anniversary on a Wednesday night. Sat down at 6:30 to an empty restaurant. Server was quite nice and immediately took our drink orders and informed us of the specials. I was aware of a weeknight "tour of Italy" prix fixe menu prior to coming in but had to inquire to the waitress as it was not mentioned.
We did not opt for the pix fixe menu, instead ordered the burrata salad as a starter, seafood with linguine and flounder with asparagus and risotto for the entrees. The salad was quite good and the entrees were also done well; however, the "risotto", although flavorful (good use of saffron), was either not arborio rice or was overcooked and split.
Overall, a decent meal - price point a bit high. I am definitely curious as to the other menu items and the weekday prix fixe menu as we are locals.
What a lovely surprise! So close to home yet excellent all around. I had the scallops and my husband had the pinwheels. The appetizer meatballs did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!
food consistently good here nice waiters, meatball app was outrageous
byob always a good thing will come back again and again
As usual, dinner was Excellent. Food and service were Great. Have never been disappointed and will continue to visit.
Excellent, authentic, creative Italian! Attentive service, an overall great dining experience! We brought out of town "foodie" friends who also were very happy with our restaurant choice Nice to have Il Lago nearby. Like the BYO option as well!
Our cousins recommended I'll Lago's to us. This was our second time here. The owner and staff are very friendly and accommodating. The food is delicious and abundant. We brought 4 of our friends to try it, and they loved it! We will be back and recommend
This BYO restaurant offers really fresh Italian meals in a cozy environment. The arancini and eggplant/mozzarella tower special appetizers were both outstanding. The special pork tenderloin pinwheel entre was a real treat. Service staff was fight on point.
Third time back at IL Lago! Brought another couple with us for a close friend’s birthday. Everyone loved it! I had the Shrimp Provencal, what a fragrant and delicious sauce! Never had it before, “licked the plate clean”!! The wives had the scallops and were very pleased and the birthday boy had the Veal Parm... he said it was the best he’s ever had... We highly recommend this place... nice servers and a charming dining room as well...
Hidden Gem in Monmouth county. We decided to come to this restaurant on New Year’s Eve with our 2 year old and we got much more than expected. A great byob with excellent food and a very friendly staff! The ambience was on point, it’s our new favorite spot.
Excellence food and very good service!
Was there once before, this time the food was awful, no flavor. Don't order the shrimp provencal it was like bland water.
It was a bit hit or miss with crowd on Xmas eve but they did their best under circumstances.
Food was good.
Rice balls were very good!!
FOOD AND SERVICE WAS TERRIFIC! WENT ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH FRIENDS. LOVED IT!
If I may be honest I'd like to see the wait staff dressed better. I don't think a hood sweatshirt is appropriate as a server. It just doesn't set a good image. Other than that no complaints. Food was very good and I'd go back.
best food and service at the shore. rice balls rock!
Been many times and have never been disappointed, great food!
this is the second time we have gone here...the first time we couldnt rave about it enough...this time we were very disappointed... food not the same,,,ordered veal and u could feed 2 easily on the dish..but meat was tough...sauce different than last time.. not as good...bread so crispy it fell apart..this restaurant should hire more help...we felt sorry for the waitress...she did a good job for the amount of orders she was taking..we will go back again...we have gift certificates...if it is like this last time we will not return or recommend to friends
The food was really delicious- they had a lot of great specials. The service was awesome as well- and I can't forget to mention the delicious dessert!!
Loved our meal! Love the friendly service! Love the cozy yet chic industrial ambience with brick walls, tin ceilings, interesting lighting, etc. The portions are very generous and the food tastes like the best food you might find in your homes or a trip to Italy! I personally love that the chef is generous with slices of garlic, even in the red tomato sauce- but I am sure this restaurant will accommodate any special preferences. When I asked for olive oil I was served oil mixed with chopped garlic, red pepper, and grated cheese on the side to accompany the warm crusty bread. Yum! This is our new go to spot when we want straightforward excellent Italian food!! Also love that it is BYOB🍷
Food was outstanding. And plenty of it!! Value was incredible. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. One minor thing was it was cold in restaurant. But it was a very cold and windy evening.
Fabulous! Food, Chef, not to be missed.
Our favorite go to restaurant, always excellent food!
Never disappoints!! Great food, service as always!!
Never disappointed!! Food and service is always great!!
Food was Outstanding and service was very good! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food!
Food was delicious, service wonderful! Great local place and BYO!
We thoroughly enjoyed out first visit to Il Lago. We loved the scallops and the pork osso bucco entrees, which were both specials. The pork was tender and loaded with flavor with the delicious sauce. The desserts were great. Very nice, cozy, casual restaurant.
Will certainly be back!
Met friends for dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Food and service excellent. Would definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant.